Kane elected to attorney general's post

Kathleen Kane, democratic candidate for Pennsylvania Attorney General, smiles at the media after voting at a polling place in the Waverly Community House, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, in Waverly, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

November 6, 2012 7:49:09 PM PST
Political rookie Kathleen Kane has been elected the first woman and first Democrat to be elected Pennsylvania attorney general. She defeated Republican David Freed, the district attorney of Cumberland County.

The 46-year-old Kane spent more than 12 years as a Lackawanna County assistant district attorney and proved to be a scrappy campaigner in her first bid for elective office. The Scranton resident beat former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy in the Democratic primary in April.

The 42-year-old Freed stressed his 15 years of prosecutorial experience, including seven years in his present job. The Camp Hill resident was unopposed in the primary.